You’ve got to understand that temptation never goes away. You’ll constantly deal with family, friends, social events that will test your discipline and desire to meet your long term goals. So today I want to talk about one of the most difficult places to stay on track...the office.
One of the hardest places to stick to your nutrition goals is at the office, especially over the holidays. I left the corporate world almost 3 years ago and I remember when I started prepping for my very first competition how much flack I got (not about the contest itself but more so that I was known for eating all the time). It wasn’t unusual for me to attend meetings with a tupperware container on the conference room table! Eventually co-workers stopped bothering me about it and realized this was a long term adjustment for me so they needed to let it go.
I understand that since you probably spend a large majority of your day at work, you need to have some strategies to help you deal with the temptations you’ll face.
Here are 3 ways to avoid those workplace eating temptations:
Stock up on snacks and pack your lunch. Keep healthy snacks (think roasted almonds, rice cakes and peanut butter, apples or bananas) available at all times. When you’re feeling hungry, instead of heading to the vending machine for a candy bar you’ll have healthier options. Pack your lunch. In the workplace, eating out for lunch every day is an expensive habit in more ways than one. While you’ll find that your wallet begins to weigh less from eating out, your body may become a little heavier. If you’re used to eating out daily, try to pack your lunch just three or four times a week.
Avoid break room temptations. If you have someone bring donuts, cookies, and pastries to work on a regular basis, you may have even more temptation. It may help to just stay out of the room where these treats are kept at least until you feel more confident in your abilities to either make them fit your macros or you’re cool with not having them and not feeling deprived. You may also want to consider bringing alternatives to the office such as fruit or veggie tray. I was notorious for bringing the Costco tray of Turkey wraps or meatballs for office parties (high protein, minimal fat!).
Recruit a buddy. Having a friend in the office that’s also trying to keep things healthy can help you to stick to your plan. Find someone that has similar goals like wanting to learn macros based nutrition or just eat better in general. There’s strength in numbers and the two of you can support one another during a long work day.
I hope these tips are helpful! Don’t forget registration is about to close on my VIP Nutrition program (this Sunday, December 10 to be exact!). My nutrition coaching services have helped hundreds of men & women see successful long term results. I would love to work with you! Check out the program details here to see if you’re the right fit and let’s get started!